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Italy: A History

By Vincent Cronin

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (264 pages)

Italy: A History
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Here, from New York Times bestselling historian Vincent Cronin, is the extraordinary story of Italy – from the birth of the Roman Empire to the rise of the city-states through the Renaissance and the making of modern Italy.

The Italians

By John Hooper

Penguin Group USA
Released: 2016-01-19
Paperback (336 pages)

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Washington Post bestseller
Los Angeles Times bestseller

A vivid and surprising portrait of the Italian people from an admired foreign correspondent


How did a nation that spawned the Renaissance also produce the Mafia? And why does Italian have twelve words for coat hanger but none for hangover?
 
John Hooper’s entertaining and perceptive new book is the ideal companion for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Italy and the unique character of the Italians. Fifteen years as a foreign correspondent based in Rome have sharpened Hooper’s observations, and he looks at the facts that lie behind the stereotypes, shedding new light on everything from the Italians’ bewildering politics to their love of life and beauty. Hooper persuasively demonstrates the impact of geography, history, and tradition on many aspects of Italian life, including football and Freemasonry, sex, food, and opera. Brimming with the kind of fascinating—and often hilarious—insights unavailable in guidebooks, The Italians will surprise even the most die-hard Italophile.


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The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples

By David Gilmour

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Released: 2012-11-13
Paperback (480 pages)

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A provocative, entertaining account of Italy's diverse riches, its hopes and dreams, its past and present

Did Garibaldi do Italy a disservice when he helped its disparate parts achieve unity? Was the goal of political unification a mistake? The question is asked and answered in a number of ways in The Pursuit of Italy, an engaging, original consideration of the many histories that contribute to the brilliance―and weakness―of Italy today.

David Gilmour's wonderfully readable exploration of Italian life over the centuries is filled with provocative anecdotes as well as personal observations, and is peopled by the great figures of the Italian past―from Cicero and Virgil to the controversial politicians of the twentieth century. His wise account of the Risorgimento debunks the nationalistic myths that surround it, though he paints a sympathetic portrait of Giuseppe Verdi, a beloved hero of the era.

Gilmour shows that the glory of Italy has always lain in its regions, with their distinctive art, civic cultures, identities, and cuisines. Italy's inhabitants identified themselves not as Italians but as Tuscans and Venetians, Sicilians and Lombards, Neapolitans and Genoese. Italy's strength and culture still come from its regions rather than from its misconceived, mishandled notion of a unified nation.

Eating My Way Through Italy: Heading Off the Main Roads to Discover the Hidden Treasures of the Italian Table

By Elizabeth Minchilli

St. Martin's Griffin
Released: 2018-05-29
Paperback (304 pages)

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A cultural and culinary celebration of everything that makes Italian cuisine great, from Rome’s resident gastronomic expert

After a lifetime of living and eating in Rome, Elizabeth Minchilli is an expert on the city's cuisine. While she’s proud to share everything she knows about Rome, she now wants to show her devoted readers that the rest of Italy is a culinary treasure trove just waiting to be explored. Far from being a monolithic gastronomic culture, each region of Italy offers its own specialties. While fava beans mean one thing in Rome, they mean an entirely different thing in Puglia. Risotto in a Roman trattoria? Don’t even consider it. Visit Venice and not eat cichetti? Unthinkable. Eating My Way Through Italy, celebrates the differences in the world’s favorite cuisine.

Divided geographically, Eating My Way Through Italy looks at all the different aspects of Italian food culture. Whether it’s pizza in Naples, deep fried calamari in Venice, anchovies in Amalfi, an elegant dinner in Milan, gathering and cooking capers on Pantelleria, or hunting for truffles in Umbria each chapter includes, not just anecdotes, personal stories and practical advice, but also recipes that explore the cultural and historical references that make these subjects timeless.

For anyone who follows Elizabeth on her blog Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome, read her previous book Eating Rome, or used her brilliant phone app Eat Italy to dine well, Eating My Way Through Italy, is a must.

A Concise History of Italy (Cambridge Concise Histories)

By Christopher Duggan

Cambridge University Press
Released: 2013-12-05
Paperback (360 pages)

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Since its formation in 1861, Italy has struggled to develop an effective political system and a secure sense of national identity. This new edition of Christopher Duggan's acclaimed introduction charts the country's history from the fall of the Roman Empire in the west to the present day and surveys the difficulties Italy has faced during the last two centuries in forging a nation state. Duggan successfully weaves together political, economic, social and cultural history, and stresses the alternation between materialist and idealist programmes for forging a nation state. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to offer increased coverage of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italy, as well as a new section devoted to Italy in the twenty-first century. With a new, extensive bibliographical essay and a detailed chronology, this is the ideal resource for those seeking an authoritative and comprehensive introduction to Italian history.

Italy: History and Landscape

By Eugen Beer

Brand: Barnes n Noble
Hardcover (399 pages)

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With more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country ,it seems as if around every corner in Italy lies a beautiful Roman ruin, a breathtaking Renaissance church , or a timeless village view. But it is not just the buildings that are beautiful: Italy's landscapes-high mountains, rolling hills and valleys, and sun-washed coasts have inspired generations of writers and painters. Italians seem to have an innate feeling for color and design, and when you study their countryside it comes as no surprise that so many of the world's greatest artist,poets,and musicians came from or were drawn to this stunning land.

Filled with wonderful photography, Italy: History and Landscape explores the country by regions. Each section gives a flavor of the area,its countryside and historic buildings,from the snowy Alps of the North,through the magical atmosphere of Venice and the Veneto, romantic Tuscany,and central Italy-Perugia and Umbria, Lazio and Emilia Romagna-to the hot Mediterranean island of Sicily and Sardinia

101 Surprising Facts About St. Peter's and the Vatican

By Jeffrey Kirby S.T.L.

Saint Benedict Press
Released: 2015-03-01
Paperback (120 pages)

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What do you really know about Vatican City?

The Vatican, comprising the Apostolic Palace, St. Peter's Basilica, and various other buildings, serves as the headquarters of the Catholic Church. It has done so for nearly two millennium ever since the first Pope, St. Peter, made it his home.

Thousands of Catholics flock to the Vatican and its iconic basilica each year. But what do you really know about this great basilica and the city that houses it?

Here, Father Jeffrey Kirby takes you on a whirlwind tour of this little country (yes, Vatican City is its own country, Fact # 2) and uncovers the secrets and surprising facts about the city, and its famous church.

Discover what language degree you need to work a Vatican ATM, what archi tectural feature of St. Peter’s is a map of the universe, and even what the pope’s license plate number is. Along the way, you’ll find the deep theological meaning woven into the design and architectural features of St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican.

Whether you’ve already been to Rome or are still planning your first trip, 101 Surprising Facts About the Vatican will transport you to Basilica and City at the heart of the Catholic Church and enable you to appreciate them like never before.

Italy Travel Guide: The ultimate traveler's Italy guidebook, history, tour book and everything Italian

By Alex Pitt

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Paperback (154 pages)

Italy Travel Guide: The ultimate traveler s Italy guidebook, history, tour book and everything Italian
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Are you planning a trip to Italy? Always been in love with Italy and everything Italian? Simply browsing and dreaming of a Southern Europe holiday? Then this book is for you!
This book will put your doubts of whether going to Italy is worth it. The magical country of Italia has so much to offer for holiday visitors in terms of activities, food, wine, sightseeing and more. Plan your holiday with this clever extensive Italian travel guide. Or, if you were unsure of where to go for your European holiday - allow me to introduce you to Italy and convince you to visit this wonderful, beautiful South European country. You can read about Italian history, cuisine, culture, all Italian regions, where to go, how to get there, what to see, when and where to see it, how to stay safe and more secret tips!
I am Alex Pitt - adventurer, climber, survivor, nomad, traveler and writer and I would like to present to you the beautiful country of Italy. This book includes:
  • Overview of all Italian regions - Northwest Italy, Northeast Italy, Central Italy, Southern Italy, Sicily, Sardinia and other destinations
  • History of Italy - from prehistory through the Roman Empire to the Italian Republic
  • Climate in Italy
  • Travelling to Italy - by plane, train, car, bus or boat
  • Traveling in Italy - by train, plane, car, bus, boat or hitchhiking
  • Things to see - Roman ruins, Byzantine cities, operas, streets, squares, islands, museums, history, culture, religion
  • Things to do - beaches, classical music, vineyards, cycling tours, sailing, spectator sports
  • Money - shopping, currency, tipping, what to buy
  • Food and drinks - eating, cuisine, specialties, pizza, cheese and sausages, restaurants and bars, gastronomia, water, wine, beer, coffee
  • Accommodation
  • Staying safe - crime, tourist scams, racism, staying healthy
  • Staying connected - internet access, telephone, mobile, post
  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Piemonte
  • Liguria
  • Lombardy
  • Trentino-Alto Adige
  • Friuli-Venezia Giulia
  • Emilia-Romagna
  • Tuscany
  • Campania
  • Sicily
  • Sardinia
  • Typical costs
  • Tips to know before visiting Italy and more!

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A Traveller's History of Italy

By Valerio Lintner

Interlink Publishing Group
Paperback (287 pages)

A Traveller s History of Italy
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A Traveller's History of Italy moves from Italy's prehistoric and Etruscan civilizations, through the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, through to the role of Italy in today's Europe, making this guide ideal 'before-you-go' reading (The Daily Telegraph [London]).

Rick Steves' Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler

By Rick Steves

Brand: Avalon Travel Publishing
Paperback (536 pages)

Rick Steves  Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler
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Now in full-color comes a witty and engaging look at Europe's history and art, from America's European travel expert, Rick Steves.

Rick Steves' Europe 101 helps you make the most of your sightseeing. A fun but informative guide, this "professor in your pocket" features chronologically organized chapters-from the pyramids to Picasso-that explain the forces behind Europe's most important cultural and artistic periods. Other features include handy lists of sights that allow you to link your newly acquired knowledge with the specific paintings, sculptures, and buildings you'll see on your trip, a humorous, readable style that is a joy to read compared with the history textbooks you slept on in school, and timelines, maps, drawings, and photos that illustrate Europe's story and round out your education.


 
 
 

 
 
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